Bairstow gives Yorkshire scare before curtain opens on new season

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow. Picture: Steve Riding.
Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow. Picture: Steve Riding.
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YORKSHIRE and England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow suffered an injury scare on the opening day of the club’s three-day practice game against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Bairstow was struck on the left hand while keeping to former England pace bowler Liam Plunkett and was sent for a scan by the county’s medical staff.

Yorkshire will find out this morning the result of that scan but were last night hopeful that Bairstow will be fit for Sunday’s opening County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

The 24-year-old had been diving to stop a leg-side delivery and the scan was described as precautionary.

Oliver Robinson, the 20-year-old all-rounder, stood in as wicketkeeper for a short time before Northamptonshire’s young keeper Max Levine took the gloves after tea.

Yorkshire are utilising 12 players in the match and Northamptonshire 13 as the clubs finalise plans for the Championship season.

After winning the toss, Northamptonshire scored 283-5.

Steve Patterson struck with the sixth ball of the match when he had Stephen Peters caught by Bairstow before former Northamptonshire pace bowler Jack Brooks had Kyle Coetzer caught at third slip by Kane Williamson.

The home team - already injury depleted - then lost Rob Keogh to a suspected broken finger when he was hit by a delivery from Plunkett.

James Middlebrook (79) and Andrew Hall (66) added 123 for the third wicket, leg-spinner Adil Rashid removing both batsmen just before tea - Middlebrook caught at backward-point by Williamson and Hall caught-and-bowled.

James Kettleborough, who was bowled by Patterson for 28, was the one wicket to fall in the final session, which Matthew Spriegel ended unbeaten on 42.